MIDI Keys

Kurzweil MIDIBoard v3.0

I’ve using this MIDI keyboard since Namco era and after leaving I purchased it from them with good price. In those days Kurzweil was still high end brand so this is equipped with very solid, wood keys. Many people says the touch and feeling is too light but my opinion is this is better than ‘anyway heavy weighted’ keys such as Roland A-80 and this is the reason why I’ve been using this for long years. Now basically when I would like to play ‘real acoustic piano style’ or to play seriously, I use this.

ROLI Seaboard RISE 49

The most interesting MIDI control which I purchased recently. Connecting with Mac/Win via Bluetooth/USB and using dedicated software called ‘Roli Dashboard’ and configure the settings, then the company’s virtual instruments called ‘Equator’ or Fxpansion’s ‘Strobe2’. Now in music instruments industry analog synthesizer and unique realtime playing devices like this is hot and Roli is one of the major player in them. I play not only Equator and Strobe 2 but play also Sample Modeling/SWAM’s horns/winds, modeling virtual instruments already supporting this. Recently I found out to combine This with TEControl’s USB breath control is unorthodox style but very good for me and I can play these and can get similar sound with real acoustic instruments.

Korg microKEY61

Actually the most frequently used MIDI keyboard for orchestral songs from composing to arrangement is this. In mini-key controls this has the best touch for me. 61 keys but it doesn’t occupy large space and is the best to use with Mac keyboard. Because of heavy usage once broken and I repaired it one time. The latest micro KEY2 has Bluetooth connection and foot pedal connector and seems better but now this is ok enough for me.

Korg nanoKEY Studio

Originally I purchased this for portable usage but the latency of this Bluetooth connection is not so serious when using virtual synthesizer and its X-Y pad can control Tracktion Biotek and Korg Wavestation so not only for portable but also for actual music production this is good to use. Key touch is like switch key but not so problematic like original nano KEY and simple phrase is not so difficult to play. I plan to use it more for the future music production.

Arturia SparkLE

Consists of Arturia’s virtual instruments and hardware control. Good for simple purpose like triggering some kind of the rhythm patterns but I have no idea more than that. The sound quality is good but maybe I don’t prefer this library’s ‘direction’. Probably I can find out favorite sound but it is much faster to trigger my library with Geist2. This kind of the device is difficult to use.

TEControl USB MIDI Breath and Bite Controller 2

I used Yamaha BC-3 for MIDI breath control but it was broken and not available any more and to use BC-3, always I need to power on SY99 on my system. This was big stress for me, so I purchased TEControl’s one which can connect with USB directly. This is called as MIDI breath control but more than that. With version 2 software, adding the features like biting control with mouth (bite), nodding neck (Nod), Tilting neck (Tilt) and 4 kinds of the control is possible. Configuring the attached software, then I can get very realistic play. Only one problem for me was Modulation (CC1)’s vibration is always same and even then it sounds unnatural. So I found out to combine it with Roli Seaboard Rise 49 I can get more natural and realistic play is possible.

iConnectivity iConnectMIDI4+

In the past I used so many Emagic and M-Audio’s MIDI interfaces but recently with higher version’s Mac OS, these equipments are no more available. So I asked one of my friends in Rock On Pro and purchased this. This is possible to use with iOS and via network it’s possible to use. Routing is very flexible. Too many configuration is possible for me so now I use this as simple MIDI interface possible to use with iOS.

Synthesizers

Moog Minimoog-D (Vintage)

This is vintage Minimoog Model-D. Not a reissue. As you see, the keyboard is not flat so needs to repair. Mainly I use this for analog synth bass and lead. I cannot control from DAW so basically I play this in realtime and record it on DAW and later on quantize the audio data. The condition was good so keyboard has problem but the sound is ‘Minimoog, as is’.

Oberheim OB-8

Oberheim’s former vintage analog synthesizer, OB-8. Unfortunately now broken and I cannot use this recently. The sound is vivid, transparent and gorgeous ‘Oberheim sound’. I hope to repair it and to use in the near future.

Roland Juno-6

Juno-106’s ‘No MIDI’ version. The correct explanation is to add LSB synchronization system with Juno-6 is Juno-60. To add MIDI is Juno-106. So this is also for realtime play only. The sound is really ‘Juno sound’ and Roland’s transparent DCO sound.

Korg ARP Odyssey (Rev.2)

Mini ARP Odyssey has Rev1, 2, 3, three coloring models through three generations and I purchased the final stock of Rev 2 coloring model. Still trying to learn how to use it. The sound itself is very familiar ‘Odyssey sound’ and I understand if I configure seriously I can get the sound what I want. Only one issue is probably the circuit is still new and sounding tight so such kind of the purpose may be good. I purchased SQ-1 at the same time and enjoying CV/Gate trigger with Odyssey. Now I have a little bit sympathy with Techno guys who use same patter sequence and changing the sound gradually.

Korg monologue

Recently Korg releases unique, gadget styled gear and I like these. But probably they manufacture only one time and if first lot will be out of stock, we cannot buy the new one. So before going out from the market, I got blue coloring monologue. The sound is like the latest analog synth and different from vintage synths I have or Korg Odyssey reissue sounding similar with original Odyssey. In opposite so the sound is different and if I can find out the way to use this, it will be very interesting. I need to learn and to try more.

Waldorf Blofeld Desktop

If I’m correct, this Blofeld Desktop is my first hardware, modeling synthesizer. I like Access Virus’ sound but it’s very expensive so I chose this because it’s cheaper and the sound is good. My impression is the sound is cool and not warm but interesting. I cannot create sound patch from the scratch but can find out favorite presets and the most interesting thing is this is digital synthesizer but via D/A converter recording with ProTools HDX sounds something different from virtual instruments. I’d like to use it more in the future.

 

Oberheim Matrix-1000 (117V U.S.仕様)

This is my first ‘analog’ synthesizer to buy when I was a university student. Until now, I’ve never sold it and always this was with me, and on many titles such as ‘Air Combat 22’ I used this DCO synthesizer module. I like this and OB-8, and I make sense that I love Oberheim sound. Honestly, I’d like to buy SEM 2-Voice and Xpander. The sound is dark DCO synth sound. I will keep on using it.

E-mu EIIIxp

Originally I shared this high-end sampler with my friend but recently I set it in audioworkshop with his approval. This is EIII with ’digital filter’. I use different unit in Namco as well as main sampler. Even listening to the sound now, very hi-fi, very good sound different from 12 bit EII’s awesome sound. I have many EIII library as CD-ROM and plan to use this great sound module again.

Roland D-70

This is my one of favorites digital synthesizer which I’ve been using since my university student era. Now my impression is the Roland’s first digital filter doesn’t work so good and good for sensitive pad without time based sound change. Now in the warehouse and I don’t use it but not sure when my boom or industry’s revival boom comes, so still I keep it on hand.

Yamaha SY-99

Another digital synthesizer which I’ve been using since my university student era. AWM2 (sample based) + FM hybrid synthesizer. In those days, I performed SY99+D70+Kurzweil K1000+M1000 in live or used these for song making. After joining Namco, for very long time I put it in my booth in Namco. Now in warehouse but before that I used it as ‘breath controller interface’.

Roland D-50

I purchased it with good price recently. So now I don’t need to buy D-05 as D-50’s reissue. To utilize this now is not so simple and I need ingenuity. It will take time so I will try in the future. The sound is ‘D-50’ as is.

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<English Below>
こんにちは
今日は中川奈美さん歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」の演奏者についてお話しようと思います

とは言っても、基本的にオケのほとんどは中村が弾いたりプログラミングしているのですが、奈美さんのボーカルの少し左から聞こえてくるソロバイオリンは遠藤百合さんというバリバリの現役バイオリニストの方が即興で演奏してくださっています
弦楽四重奏の演奏会とかやってらっしゃる本物も本物です。コロナ前に演奏会お呼ばれしましたが、まあ凄かった
奈美さんと同じ宇和島出身で、そのつながりでご参加くださったそうです
音色がまた柔らかいいい音なんだ、これが。このバイオリンのお陰で楽曲のグレードも上がった気がします(笑)
元々ストリングストラックを用意していたのですが、このバイオリントラックの邪魔をしたくないので、ミュートして使うのやめました(笑)
即興なのでこちらからディレクションはしてないです。奈美さんといい、遠藤さんといい、お任せでいい感じに仕上げて下さるのでほんと楽させてもらいました

その他の全楽器は中村が何かしらやってるわけですが、それについてはまた今度お話しようと思います
それでは

下記のURLから好みのストリーミングプロバイダーにアクセスできます。
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/

#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美

Hi there,
Today I’d like to talk ‘bout a player on Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’

Although I played and programmed almost basic tracks, the solo violin which can be heard from a bit left of Nami’s vocal is played as ad-lib by Yuri Endo, really active violinist
She is genuine and plays on the string quartet concert and so on. Before COVID-19, I was invited to her concert and her play was really amazing

She was born in Uwajima as same as Nami and that’s the reason why she joined to the project

Her violin tone has gentle and great sound. I feel her violin contributed to the quality up of the song

Before recording her violin, I prepared another strings track for this song, but after the recording, I muted the strings track and stop on using ‘cause I don’t want to disturb her violin with another strings sound

This track is improvisation so I didn’t direct her at all. Nami and Yuri Endo’s ability is excellent so just recording and then it’s oK. It was an easy recording session for me.

I did something for all the other tracks so I will talk ‘bout this later.
Have fun!

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/
<English Below>
こんにちは
情報アプデです

中川奈美さんが歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」ですが、Spotifyにて曲をスマホで再生すると短い動画が出てくるCANVASに対応しました!

また、同じくSpotifyのアーティストページの詳細情報も追加しました!
Spotifyユーザーの方は是非ご覧ください

https://open.spotify.com/track/4TwkxzE0LiaAEkFw11iV8q?si=978765bcf47c46ff



Hi there,
I have an update for Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’. 
This song now supports Spotify CANVAS, which is the short video for Spotify. 
It appears when the song is played on Spotify of your smartphone!

And I added Nami’s detailed information to her Artist Page on Spotify as well!
Have fun, Spotify users!
<English Below>
https://youtu.be/qzSAX5bSXGg
さて今日はお待たせしました!
中川奈美さんのお歌の話です


プロですし裏方仕事やバックコーラスのお仕事もたくさんキャリア積んでる方なので安定感は抜群です

ディレクションほとんど要らないw
した記憶がないですw
今回はしっとりした歌い方ですが、「鬼滅の刃」などでは「ブルガリアンボイスの東洋版かよ!」というクセの強い歌い方をされています
これ、出来る人少ないんですが、宇和島の民謡がベースにあるからできるんだと推察していますw

そう、中川奈美さんは民謡の歌い手さんでもあるのです

実際、「西日本豪雨チャリティCD「愛」」では一曲民謡を披露されています

ライブで伴奏した時はすごすぎて演奏しながら鳥肌立ちましたね
これまで幸いにして奈美さんはじめお歌が上手な方とたくさんご一緒させて頂いております

ありがたいです


Hi guys! 
Today I’m gonna talking ‘bout Nami Nakagawa’s vocal!

She’s professional and has been working for backyard jobs and backing vocals and have many careers so her vocal is always stable.
No need direction.

I have no experience to direct her vocal.
This time she sings softly and gently but on the very famous animation, Demon Slayer, she sings with very characteristic style like ‘Asian Bulgarian Voice???’

In Japan very few singers can do it. 
The reason why Nami can do it is she has background of Minnyo, Japanese traditional folk song.

Yes, she’s a Japanese traditional folk singer.

Actually she sings one Uwajima folk song in her produced CD called ‘West Japan Torrential Rain Charity CD 'AI’’

When I accompanied her the guitar at her live event, she was too great and I was very impressed.

I’m lucky. Nami and many excellent singers I worked with.

I appreciate all of them.
<English Below>
中川奈美「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」のMVが公開されました!
中村も横でギター弾いてますw
どなたでも見ることができます!

https://youtu.be/qzSAX5bSXGg

配信先へのリンクが有効になりましたが、なぜか4つだけ💦
でもまあ使えます

https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/



MV公開とこちらからも飛べるようになりましたというお知らせです



Music Video of Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’


I played the guitar aside her.


Everyone can watch it!

And now URL link works but just for 4 streaming services.

But these are available now.

https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/



This is just the announcement of music video and URL likes available.


Have fun!
<English Below>
中川奈美さん「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)リリース日です!

ところがURLリンクが出てこないトラブルが💦
なので、主な配信先のリンクを記しておきます。こちらからアクセスしてください。
ご不便おかけします。問題が解決したらその旨また告知します。

Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/jp/album/%E3%81%A1%E3%81%8D%E3%82%85%E3%81%86%E3%81%AE%E3%81%93%E3%81%A9%E3%82%82/1646274807?i=1646274817

iTunes Store (ダウンロード販売) - 上記リンクから画面右丸3つのアイコンをクリックしてメニューを開き、「iTunes Storeで表示」を選択すると購入できます。

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/track/4TwkxzE0LiaAEkFw11iV8q?si=483f406756b141b8

YouTube Music - https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr-rYgJUcn4&feature=share

現在なぜかAmazon Musicで配信されてません。上記リンクからお楽しみ下さい。
よろしくお願いします。

Today is the release day of Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’!

But trouble happens on URL Link called Artist Hub. Now URL for each shop doesn’t appear on the web page.
So please jump from the links below.
Sorry for inconvenience. Once solving this problem, I will announce.

Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/jp/album/%E3%81%A1%E3%81%8D%E3%82%85%E3%81%86%E3%81%AE%E3%81%93%E3%81%A9%E3%82%82/1646274807?i=1646274817

iTunes Store (purchase) - From Apple Music link above, click 3 dots icon in the right side of the window and open the menu and choose ‘show in the iTunes Store’ then you can purchase this song.

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/track/4TwkxzE0LiaAEkFw11iV8q?si=483f406756b141b8

YouTube Music - https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr-rYgJUcn4&feature=share
<English Below>
明日22.10.07はいよいよ中川奈美「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」のリリース日です!
なので今日はこの曲を書いたいきさつなど、インタビューでも触れていますが、改めて述べておきます。(インタビューはこちら:https://youtu.be/NakSE5vYKgE)
「ちきゅうのこども」はもともと「西日本豪雨チャリティCD「愛」」のために書き下ろした2曲のうちの一曲で、奈美さんから参加アーティストの皆さんが輪唱する、CDの趣旨を一番体現する曲としてリクエストされ、書き上げました。色んな個性のアーティストさんが歌われるのと、チャリティソングということだったので、テクニカルな要素は盛り込まず、誰でも一回聴けばサビを口ずさめるような覚えやすいメロディを反復しするようにしました。また、コード進行も非常にクラシックな、スタンダードな歌モノです。
アレンジについては、奈美さんの頭の中で漠然と超有名チャリティソング「We’re the World」のイメージがあったそうなので、オリジナル版はThe 80’sという感じのアレンジでした。今回奈美さんのソロ作品として配信するにあたって、もっとパーソナルな印象になるよう楽器を差し替えたり、ミックスを変えたりしました。アレンジの話はまた後日もっとディープな話をしようかと思います。
それでは明日の配信をお楽しみに!

下記のURLから好みのストリーミングプロバイダーにアクセスできます。
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/

#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美

Tomorrow, on Oct 7th, 2022, Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’ will be released! Hurrah!
So I will talk about the details that I wrote this song though some are mentioned in the interview video with Nami. (Interview video is here: https://youtu.be/NakSE5vYKgE)
The original ‘Children of the Earth’ was one of two songs which I wrote for her produced ‘West Japan Torrential Rain Charity CD 'AI (Love)’. Nami requested this song to be the center which expresses the purpose of the CD and according to the request, I wrote this song. The song is assumed to be sung by various artists and to be charity song so I didn’t add too technical elements and intended to be the melody repeatedly, which anyone can remember easily, once listening to. And chord progression is very classic style, standard vocal song as well.
About song arrangement, Nami’s request was the similar style with super famous charity song, ‘We’re the World’, so the original version based on the 80’s style arrangement. This time the song will be delivered as Nami’s solo song, to be more personal, I replaced some instruments and changed mix style (more vintage style!). Later on I will talk more and deeper about arrangement.
Wait till tomorrow’s song release!

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/
<English Below>
中川奈美さんが歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」にまつわるお話、今日は少しマニアックです。ボーカルトラックの処理についてです。Neumann M49の音がとてもよかったのでこちらでの処理は必要最小限にしています。
リードボーカルに当たっている音響処理系エフェクターは往年のアナログ機材をモデリングした、Waves Audio @wavesaudio のSheps 73/NLS Channel/AbbeyRoad RS124/IR-Liveを使いました。IR-LiveはLexicon 300のP01 Hallです。これでまんま昔のコンソールで録音、再生している音になるわけです。簡単に言うと音を汚して逆にいい音にするんですね。
リードボーカルはクリーンに仕上げる方も多いんですが、中村はやり過ぎない程度に汚してオケとの馴染みをよくする方が好きです。後、レコードで聴いた「あの音」に近づくと安心します。

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#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美
#コサエル
#cosaell
#waves

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As for the story of Nam’i Nakagawa’s ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’, today it’s a bit technical. About vocal track process. As Neumann M49 sounded very excellent, I didn’t add too much process.
The audio processors on Lead Vocal track are what modeled classic famous analog equipments. Waves Audio Sheps 73/NLS Channel/AbbeyRoad RS124/IR-Live are used. IR-Live uses Lexicon 300’s P01 Hall. This reproduces the classic analog sound recording/playing with classic console. Simply to say, making the sound a bit dirty but it sounds good.
Many engineers prefer to maintain lead vocal clean but I prefer not too much but a bit analog sound then it match with other tracks. And I feel good with such analog sound which I listened to in the past.

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/
<English Below>
中川奈美さんが歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」のリリース日22.10.07まで後一週間切りましたので、ここから曲にまつわるお話をしていこうと思います。
初出のアレンジでは輪唱でしたが、今回は奈美さんの独唱+後半お友達のナレーターの皆さんが合唱しています。写真は当日撮影したものです。
収録は奈美さんがよく利用されるコサエル・クリエイティブスタジオhttp://cosaell.com  で行いました。なんとビンテージのNeumann M49が常設されていて、そちらで録音しました。真空管マイクらしく超高域まで録音されるのでカリッとしたビンテージサウンドになりました。

下記のURLから好みのストリーミングプロバイダーにアクセスできます。
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/

#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美
#コサエル
#cosaell

It’s less than one week the song called ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’, which Nami Nakagawa sings, will be released (22.Oct.07th release). So I’d like to talk about something related with this song.
The original version released as CD was a troll style but this time Nami sang all parts by herself and her friends joined and sang together in the latter part. This picture was captured in the recording studio.
The studio is Nami’s favorite Cosaell studio http://cosaell.com. Amazingly, the studio has a vintage Neumann M49 microphone as standing equipment and the mic was used for this recording. The recorded sound was crispy, vintage sound which has very high frequency range as tube microphone.

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/

#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美
#コサエル
#cosaell

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